118 COVID-19 cases linked to Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing

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Ingham County, Mich. (WLNS) — The Ingham County Health Department is reporting 118 positive COVID-19 cases linked to the East Lansing establishment, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub.

Of the 118 total cases, 104 are primary cases and 14 are secondary, which means 14 people who were not at Harper’s caught it from someone who went to the bar.

On Wednesday last week, there were 14 coronavirus cases linked to the East Lansing restaurant. The cases associated with Harper’s have been rising daily.

Last night, the Ingham County Health Department has issued an emergency order to reduce restaurant capacity following the 107 coronavirus cases linked to Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub.

Executive Order 2020-114 restricts restaurants to not only be at 50% capacity, but also less than 75 customers. The new limitation directly affects establishments with capacities of more than 150.

“Large crowds are difficult to control,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be better able to enforce social distancing and the use of masks and face coverings. I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce safety measures and to do all they can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

Those who disregard the order could be subject to a misdemeanor that includes up to 90 days in jail as well as a fine of up to $200.

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